Top-ranked Sheldon faces David Douglas in 6A football playoff

EUGENE, Ore. - The top-ranked Sheldon High School football team defeated the Grants Pass Cavemen October 26 62-7 in the final game of the regular season.

In the final seconds of the game, Sheldon families and friends marched onto the field to congratulate their team, on a job more than well done.

“It feels good," said Lane Johnson, who led the team to the 6A state finals last year. "We’ve had a pretty good history. Our kids are fired up.”

After a first round bye, the Sheldon Irish gear up to face Coach Dan Wood and the David Douglas Scots.

In their first playoff game of the season, the Irish hope to chalk up another win against their opponents. However, the Scots stand in their way on the road to the championships, their team having played two games more than the Irish – one regular, one post.

On how the Sheldon Irish football team has been preparing for this match-up, Johnson said, “The bye just gave us a little chance to rest."

The Sheldon Irish are undefeated in the regular season, averaging 48.78 points per game. Their opponents have only averaged about 12.67 points.

When asked about the David Douglas Scots, Johnson said, “They look like a good team. They have a couple good running backs. Their quarterback is pretty shifty." He said the Irish are preparing for a “tough game ahead.”

The Scots have already played one playoff game, beating the Newberg Tigers 44-21. They are 5-6 overall in the regular season, averaging 25.6 points, to their opponents’ 28.2. 

With a win against the Scots, the Irish would continue on in the playoffs working towards what would be their second appearance in the title game in as many years.

Sheldon plays David Douglas on Friday, November 9, in Eugene at 7 p.m.